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As an individual I can decide which platform I would like to target with my shiny new application, but when working for a company we have to target both industry leaders at the same time. Although I like a good challenge, I am really glad the mobile world now only consists of iOS and Android. When I first started looking at building consumer applications, Blackberry was still in the picture. My enterprise mobile experience consists of all Microsoft technologies, but that was in a different lifetime using Windows CE, Pocket PC, and Windows Mobile. This book is a great book for looking at how some of the most commonly used functionality compares across the Android and iOS environments. I have listed the table of contents below to give you an idea of what topics are covered. Part I: Overview of Mobile App Development 1. Why Mobile Apps? 2. App Design Issues and Consideratio... (more)

Book Review: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services

Over the years I have been on quite a few projects and there have been very few if any that did not require some type of reporting. For a while that meant Crystal Reports, but when SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) hit the scene, Crystal Reports began to fade on Microsoft projects. That was especially true if I had my way. I was the first person to champion SSRS in state projects in Pennsylvania. That was quite a battle but well worth it! SSRS is one of the best solutions to come out of Microsoft. I don't say that lightly. I have plenty of complaints about different Microsoft pr... (more)

Book Review | iPhone: The Missing Manual

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about my skill set is that because I can develop software for the iPhone, iPad, and Windows 8 tablets, I must know everything there is to know about using them. 90% of my time spent on a computer is spent in code, UML tools, and using basic Word functionality. I do not play games, make photo albums, or read books on them. In other words, I am not as computer savvy as the business user or teenager that use them to connect to the world and conduct their business or coordinate a gaming session. I am very grateful for the Missing Manual ... (more)

2nd Upgrade to Tool for Reverse engineering SharePoint 2007/2010 to HTML, Text, and DGML Sitemaps

I have upgraded the tool I created for reverse engineering SharePoint 2007 and 2010 into HTML, Text, and DGML Sitemaps. The tool is now versioned at 1.4. Sorry, 1.3 didn't get uploaded. You have to copy the appropriate folder instead of just the file (Version 1.0) because the tool is dependent on the WPF Toolkit. The folder includes the WPF Toolkit DLL. New features in this version include generating DGML diagrams which allow Root Sites to be put into groups, reports now include information on Services running on the Server and the Farm, user and group account information, and ap... (more)

Book Review: Enterprise Architecture at Work

If you want to learn how to do Enterprise Architecture modeling, this book is for you. The book covers the Archimate language in detail. The book starts off with a nice introduction to Enterprise Architecture. It explains the internal and external drivers and then goes on to introduce the current state of Enterprise Architecture in the industry. It introduces EFQM, ISO 9001, COBIT, ITIL, CMMI, IEEE 1471-200, Zachman Framework, TOGAF, and MDA. There is a short introduction to each, but it is enough to put them in context. The book the talks briefly about the description languages whic... (more)